Pittsburgh Steelers News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
6/13/13: The Steelers' back up QB, Bruce Gradkowski, is a Pittsburgh native, and is thrilled to be working out with the starters in OTAs for his hometown team. Gradkowski is not the starter, but Ben Roethlisberger is still recovering from knee surgery. This is BG's first season with the Steelers, and the first time that we won't see Byron Leftwich or Charlie Batch come out an replace Big Ben when he predictably gets injured. Roethlisberger has only played all 16 games one time in his nine year career. But Gradkowski needs to watch out. Landry Jones was selected in the fourth round and may make a run at the backup position.
6/6/13: Scary news out of Pittsburgh this week as offensive tackle Mike Adams was stabbed. He is recovering and the stabbing missed all organs - he is expected to make a full recovery and be back for training camp. Apparently, three men were trying to steal his truck from in front of his residence. Adams confronted the men and was attacked. Additional details are unavailable. This is a terribly unfortunate incident and all thoughts are for his full recovery in the very near future. It is fortunate that it was not worse, but this type of violence is unacceptable.
5/30/13: The national media has a habit of taking a small comment and blowing it out of proportion in order to create a controversy. That seems to be the case when Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said that the young gun quarterbacks in the league did well last year but more time is needed to see if they are going to be all time greats. He actually complemented the young guys, but he is right. One year does not make a career, and now defenses have had time to study Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, and RG3, which will make that style of play more difficult in the future.
5/23/13: It will be curious to watch what the Steelers do with Landry Jones. Jones was the first QB drafted by the Steelers since 2008. The job is certainly Ben Roethlisberger's for the time being - no one is doubting that. But Big Ben is 31 years old and has taken enough beatings to be 40. He has not played a full 16 games in years. Individually, these facts could be dismissed. However, when taken together it gives one pause to consider that Big Ben may only have a year or two left in the Steel City. Pittsburgh is a traditional club, and may let Landry sit a year or two before casting Roethlisberger off.
5/16/13: Pittsburgh needed some salvation this year, and this past draft class may have hit that. Long time Steeler Ryan Clark said that he was very happy with the draft and that they filled the holes they needed to fill. There were some high profile spots that needed addressing in running back, wide receiver, and defensive line, and the Steelers may have hit home runs on all three. Pittsburgh muddled through last season and missed the playoffs. Cincinnati is a legitimate team. The Browns are rising and Baltimore is the defending champs. Pittsburgh needed to get better to compete in the AFC North.
5/9/13: The Steelers cut veteran outside linebacker, and former defensive player of the year James Harrison in the offseason after Harrison rufused to restructure his salary. Harrison signed with the Bengals (for less money than the Steelers offered). Pittsburgh then drafted outside linebacker Jarvis Jones as his replacement. Jones does not claim to be Harrison, but says he admires Harrison's style of play. He will not compare himself to Harrison until he earns that right on the football field. Jones has some big shoes to fill, and the team beleives they got their man to do that.
5/2/13: After many great seasons, the Steelers are showing their age and were forced to pick for need this draft. They took hard hitting Jarvis Jones from Georgia with the 17th overall pick, and he looks like he was born to play on the vaunted Steelers defense. Pittsburgh took running back Le'Veon Bell from Michigan State in the second round, presumably to fill the role of Rashard Mendenhall. They will not be able to replace wide receiver Mike Wallace as easily, but did select Oregon State's Marcus Wheaton in the third round. Also, they grabbed Oklahoma QB Landry Jones as a backup to Ben Roethlisberger.
4/25/13: Everyone knows that the Steelers need to replace wide receiver Mike Wallace, who took his talents to South Beach when he signed with the Dolphins (though Dolphins Stadium is about an hour away from South Beach). So draftniks are speculating that Pittsburgh will take a wide receiver at the 17th pick. Trouble is that St. Louis needs a wide receiver (more than anyone else in the league), and they pick 16th. The top two WRs are Tavon Austin from West Virginia and Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee. Austin is a fast, small slot receiver, while Patterson is the big body needed in the red zone.
4/18/13: Emmanuel Sanders became the first restricted free agent in three years to receive an offer sheet, when the New England Patriots tendered the wide receiver. The deal was only for one year and $2.5 million dollars - which is short and cheap in the world of major professional sports. Sanders was a third round pick out of SMU in 2010. He signed the offer sheet a week ago, but the Steelers matched the offer by the deadline. Pittsburgh may need him this season to help replace Mike Wallace who signed with the Dolphins as a free agent.
4/11/13: The Steelers have a lot of holes to fill on their roster - at least QB is not one of them because there is nothing available this year. First and foremost, the team must replace former defensive player of the year, and a man who simply instills fear in the opposition's offense, James Harrison. After that, the Steelers need a legitimate running back. They had success with Jerome Bettis, 'Fast' Willie Parker, and even Rashad Mendenhall. They are all retired or out west (or both). So it makes sense that there is speculation that the Steelers draft the best running back in this year's draft: Eddie Lacy from Alabama.
4/4/13: There is no denying that the Steelers have lost a lot of their roster this off season such as James Harrison and Rashard Mendenhall. Head coach Mike Tomlin knows that the next season may be a tough one as the Steelers try to cut payroll and get younger. He also realizes that it is part of the business and the risk they took by not turning over their roster much for the past several years. They did win a couple Super Bowls and even went to another, so it has to be considered a worthwhile investment.
3/28/13: The Steelers announced they would not bring back defensive lineman James Harrison last week, which was somewhat of a surprise around the league. Harrison was an undrafted free agent out of college that got on with the Steelers practice squad, made it to the big club, and eventually was named the NFL's defensive player of the year. As with any big time move, the word is starting to leak about what really happened behind the scenes, and apparently the Steelers organization was concerned with Harrison's attitude and how it may affect the team during the next season.
3/21/13: The AFC North may have a new flavor in 2013. After years of being dominated by the Steelers and Ravens (with the occasional Bengals team sprinkled in every now and then), the division may be about to undergo a wholesale change. Pitt has lost some key players like running back Rashad Mendenhall, leading receiver Mike Wallace, and all around defensive wrecking machine James Harrison. The team is also trying to balance salary cap considerations while the Bengals have stayed in tact and the Brown look much improved. It will be a very interesting season for the AFC North.
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3/14/13: As expected former Steelers leading wide receiver Mike Wallace quickly found a new home. Wallace was considered the top WR in free agency this year along with Greg Jennings, and spent little time before signing the Miami Dolphins. The Steelers have some salary cap issues right now, so they are trying to restructure contracts and shed pricey veterans, which included five time Pro Bowler James Harrison. The team did resign linebacker Larry Foote and aging wide receiver Plaxico Burress, but are expected to make more moves in the coming weeks to get under the NFL salary cap.
3/7/13: What's old is new again in Pittsburgh. Cornerback William Gay was drafted by the Steelers and played for them from 2007-2012, when he left for Arizona via free agency. One year in the desert was enough for the Cardinals, as they released Gay in a salary cap move. Speculation quickly surfaced that Gay may re-sign with the Steelers, and indeed he did. Now the future is uncertain for pending free agent Keenan Lewis. Gay allowed only one touchdown last year and played at a top level on a top defense - just that the Cardinals offense was historically bad.
2/21/13: Pittsburgh has a long tradition at excellence at the running back position. From Franco Harris to Jerome Bettis to Slick Willie Parker, the team has made the running game the focus of their offense for decades. Then 2012 happened. Starter Rashad Mendenhall was injured much of the year. Backups Johnathan Dwyer and Isaac Redmon had their moments, but all in all, no one could really carry the load. It showed with an 8-8 record. Now the Steelers are juggling the salary cap and there is little chance that all three will be retained. The team may be better off just drafting a new starter and signing one as a backup.
2/14/13: Many Steelers players and fans believed that the Ravens could never win the Super Bowl with Joe Flacco as the quarterback. Well, that was wrong. It hurts to miss the playoffs when you have a talented team. It is worse when your arch rival wins the whole thing. However, as usual, there are no major shake-ups or reorganization within Steelers camp. The team knows they under performed this past year, and the loss to San Diego is particularly stinging. But the Steelers will be back. And if history tells us anything, they will be back with a vengeance to prove they are the super-power in the AFC North.
2/7/13: Wide receiver Mike Wallace is likely to leave Pittsburgh in search of big money that that Steelers will not commit. The team does not seem too concerned with losing their biggest deep threat to free agency, and perhaps that is because offensive coordinator Todd Haley's offense is not centered around the bomb. It is set up behind short quarterback drops and quick throws to open receivers who can make plays with the ball in their hands. Pittsburgh has two of those in Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown. Therefore, the team may not be searching for 4.3 burner in free agency or the draft.
1/31/13: You can't teach speed. And wide receiver Mike Wallace has plenty of it. However, that may not be enough for the Steelers to try to keep their leading receiver. Wallace will want a big contract - typical of many talented players - and the Steelers are not known for giving those out easily. There is not a lot of fast number one wide outs in free agency this year, so the Steeler may cut him loose. One good landing place would be St. Louis, who is in desperate need of a fast number one to stretch defenses and give Sam Bradford someone to throw to.
1/24/13: About ten years ago,the NFL instituted the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and general manager positions. It was named after Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney who was instrumental in getting the rule implemented in 2003. The Steelers hired Mike Tomlin as coach after Bill Cower resigned. Now there are calls to expand the Rooney Rule to all coaching hires. Reevaluating the rule is particularly timely since Lovie Smith was fired after a 10-6 record and no minorities were hired for the eight head coaching positions made available this season.
1/17/13: The Steelers have one of the strongest and most respected organizations in all of pro football, and they proved it again this past week. Pittsburgh's running attack was uncharacteristically weak this year, particularly because starter Rashad Mendenhall was injured for much of the season. Chris Rainey got some action, but that will not be the case next season. Rainey was arrested in Gainesville, Florida for hitting his girlfriend and the Steeler promptly cut him. Rainey was also arrested while at the University of Florida for stalking his then-girlfriend and sending her a text message threatening to kill her. He was suspended at the time, but coach Urban Meyer reinstated him prior to the Florida-Georgia game that season.
1/10/13: The Steelers are known throughout the league as the model of consistency. While seven teams that missed the playoffs went ahead and fired their coaches (and in some cases, their GMs too), the Steelers did not panic. They understand that stability at the top is essential for long term success and happily retained Mike Tomlin. It also does not hurt that he has two Super Bowl appearances and one title. Yes the Steelers had a down year, but as injuries heal and some younger players assume more and more key roles, expect Pittsburgh to rise again soon.
1/3/13: Pittsburgh beat the rival Cleveland Browns 24-10 on Sunday, ending their season without a playoff appearance. The Steelers ended up at 8-8, and never really got in sync all season. There may be some changes in store, particularly in the defensive personnel. While the Steel Curtain has been a top unit for a number of years, they have gotten old and need some youth. Likewise, the Steelers could never establish a running game with Rashaad Mendenhall injured for most of the year. Unlike most other underachieving teams, the Steelers pride themselves on stability, meaning that head coach Mike Tomlin is not in danger of losing his job.
12/27/12: A lot of people felt that if the Steelers could just get into the playoffs, then they would have a shot at the whole thing. They just could not get into the playoffs. The Steelers lost for the fifth time in six games, after starting the season 6-3. Many are questioning whether it is the beginning of the end for the team that won two Super Bowls in four years, as their core players are aging quickly. The final nail was a 13-10 loss to the upstart Bengals on a last-second field goal. With nothing left to play for except pride, the Steelers return home to face the Cleveland Browns in the final game of the season.
12/20/12: The Steelers went to Dallas in a rematch of some of the most memorable Super Bowls in NFL history, and this game did not disapoint. Pittburgh ultimately fell 27-24 in overtime in the best game of the weekend. QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns, but his lone pick, in OT no less, gave the Cowboys the ball at the Steeler 1 yard line. The loss drops the Steelers to 7-7. They are not dead yet, but are in desparate need of a win Sunday against the Bengals to keep their falling playoff hopes alive.
12/13/12: Fresh off a stirring upset victory over the arch rival Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers were feeling good about hosting the struggling San Diego Chargers. The Steelers got back injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and were ready gain some ground on the Ravens. But the Steelers were upset by the visiting Chargers, as Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes. San Diego got up early, and Pittsburgh was never able to rally and get back in the game. It was a tough day for the AFC North, as only Cleveland won. The Steelers now must travel to Dallas to face another team fighting for their playoff lives, with the loser likely being out of contention.
12/6/12: Not many people gave the Steelers much of a chance against the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens last Sunday, particularly with Big Ben Roethlisberger still injured. 37 year old veteran backup Charlie Batch was sent in to save the day, and he did, notching a dramatic 23-20 victory against the Steelers' arch rival. Batch led the Steelers to 10 fourth quarter points in the come-from-behind victory, and kept Pittsburgh's playoff hopes alive until Big Ben is back in action. The Steelers host the struggling San Diego Chargers this Sunday with a chance to improve to 8-5 on the season.
4/12/12 In the 2012 NFL playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers fell victim to Tim Tebow's magic and were quickly eliminated from the postseason. Despite their early exit, the Steelers remain one of the strongest units in the AFC and look to return in 2012 stronger than ever. Although it will be difficult to top their 12-4 finish in 2011, there's no doubt that we're in for another season of fierce battles between the Steelers and their nemesis, the 2011 AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens, in what has quickly become one of the most heated rivalries in the league.
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Steelers Tickets News June 2011
With the future of the 2011 season uncertain, the NFL has been attracting some pretty negative press this spring. Pittsburgh Steeler's news, however, seems to have been particularly bad. The NFL recently implemented a rule that punishes players who make illegally hard or aggressive hits. This rule, to the embarrassment of the franchise, has been nicknamed the "steeler's rule" in honor of the team's notoriously hard-hitting players. In addition, there has been speculation about star Hines Ward retiring and the NFL network top 100 players list was released, with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger only ranked number 41. Finally, there has been speculation about the Steelers picking up the infamous criminal wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Still, none of these pieces of news should do much to change ticket prices this early in the year.
Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets - The Players
The Steelers have produced some of the best players in NFL history. To be mentioned in the same sentence as Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw, "Mean" Joe Greene and Lynn Swann is an honor. Current players including Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, James Harrison and Rashard Mendenhall can make their own legacy if they make it back to the Super Bowl and win. Ben Roethlisberger already has two rings, one coming in his rookie season. He has gained the respect of the city but needs to keep up his charisma and will to win if he wants to be known as one of the greatest Steelers quarterbacks of all time.
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